We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaius Austin-Bey and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kaius, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was “I really need to walk into my destiny.” You ever get the feeling that you’re bigger than your surroundings? Or the feeling that you are here for a greater purpose? That feeling haunts me. I always had a heart for people and being born in the south (Montgomery Al,) food was our way of bringing everyone together. With the many trials in life, I didn’t always know how I was gonna successfully get the business going. I just knew it had to be done.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Food is my art and my way of showing love to others. I’d say my style of cooking is a Cross Cultural and Elevated Interpretation of Soulfood. Hospitality is my primary focus and I aim to create an amazing experience rather it be for a private dinner for two, small plates for a group gathering, or buffet style for your special event. My background is really simple. I always loved to eat but I found my passion in cooking a few years back. Like everyone, I went through a few rough patches in life but food has always help me find my way. I knew I wanted to cook to make people happy when I went to a burrito shop for lunch one day and it changed my entire mood/life. I started promoting myself as a chef when I met a stranger on the bus who convinced me to claim the title even though I wasn’t a professional. So many other encounters and experiences brought me to where I am. I believe my greatest encounter yet has been linking up with this new group called “The Chefs CoLab”. We are a diverse group of chefs and bakers who work to help build each other up instead of being competitive and operating with a self centered mindset that you often see in a flooded industry. That’s special and working with 6 others who are masters in their craft is really showing me a lot. What I would want people to take away from what I do is that love and compassion can take you places where hatred and jealously won’t. Work hard, stay focused, and always be teachable. You’ll go far. I can’t

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a huge foodie and Texas is filled with places all around so let’s do a road trip! I’m thinking we start out in San Antonio @Chi Chi Birds for some delicious Nashville style Chicken with their glorious sauce! Then I’m thinking maybe hit up Franklins in Austin at 5am to get in line for this BBQ craze. We can then go back to the basics in Houston for the undefeated champion Waffle House! Yes I said Waffle House, and no you can’t change my mind. I always get the 2 Egg Breakfast with cheese, Hashbrowns Smothered, Covered, and Chunked, Bacon, and OJ. Try it!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My father is a superhero. Everyone always says that but my dad really is. I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am if I didn’t have him in my life. My dad is a giant in our community back home. He’s been pastoring for about 20 years and operates a community center called “The Mercy House.” This a place for people from any and all backgrounds to come and enjoy a meal, shower if needed, grab clothes and or groceries…all for free. I believe I got the desire to care for people from him. I also dream big because of him. He never made me feel like any of my aspirations were too big for reality. He just had this saying; “don’t go to the grave full of potential” and he encouraged me to “DO IT” and not just “SAY IT”. So I work hard to make things happen because of the love of both of my parents but me and my pops have a special bond.

Instagram: @chefkaius
Facebook: Kaius Amin Bey
Youtube: Chef Kaius

Image Credits
Cassi De Los Santos from Laynilous Photography

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